"Work hard, play hard" is my mantra (and the mantra of most people at MS), but it's pretty damn exhausting after a while. I haven't been able to blog since last week, and it's simply because I've been busy *all* the time. This weekend, for example, I went back home to DC for a friend's wedding, and didn't go to sleep before 5am any day there, and every second I was awake I was busy. I had a great time, but it was exhausting.
I arrived back in Seattle on Sunday night to read 150+ emails (no joke) before going to sleep around 2am. On Monday, I worked until 7pm and then ran over to play in my roller hockey league's All-Star game. I just joined this league (thanks to EdKaim), being a newcomer to Seattle and all, and it's been a lot of fun so far. Our team won the All-Star game 8-6, and I assisted on three goals in the effort. Woohoo! After the game I got home at about 9:30pm, ordered dinner and started working again. By the time I caught up on email it was 2am. A solid six hours of sleep and I was back to work. I have a hockey game tonight too, and I won't get back home until about 12:30am, exhausted, hungry, and ready to pass out. I'll get to sleep by 2am, and six hours later I'll be getting up for work.  Caffeine is my friend, and these mad scientists must be stopped<g>.

My Hockey History
I've been playing hockey for a while, starting with street hockey with friends in neighborhood tennis courts and cul-de-sacs to roller hockey in the now defunct SESARA out of Wheaton Ice rink, playing in the 18 and over league when I was a scrawny, underweight 17 year old. I then played and ran the Univ. of Miami roller hockey club league. As a geek, I created a scoring and scheduling system for the league built in Access, and had player and team statistical reports exported to our school's web site. I also played for Miami's team in what is now the CRHL. In the summers both during and after college I played in SESARA which became the Gardens Ice House league playing for the good old Washington Whale, (the team I had started with as a 17 year old but at that time was called the Fighting Ferrets) and also started playing for the Chargers in both ice and roller hockey. Good times! I'll have to bring my hockey gear next time I visit DC to get my game on.

Microsoft has a charity ice hockey team that regularly beats Sun, Apple and other tech companies but my dream is to some day play on the team that beats them on wheels.

I definitely prefer playing roller hockey to exercising in a gym. There's something very gerbil-esque about using a treadmill or a stairmaster that I can't seem to get past. I also can't seem to get past the lack of accomplishment or completion one feels by picking up a heavy object 12 times only to put it back down again. I must be missing something :)

 Work hard, play hard, when does one find the time to rest hard?